When someone is accused of a crime, arrested, and taken to jail, he or she must go through the process of being booked into the California jail system, creating an official arrest record. This undertaking requires a lot of hard work and resources on the part of the jail staff, and can be tedious and time-consuming for all parties. Unless you’ve been through this process, what occurs during the booking process may be somewhat of a mystery.
In today’s article, we’ll take a closer look at what happens once you’ve been arrested and what is involved in standard California booking procedures. If you or a loved one has been arrested and you need to speak with a professional bail bond company, contact Future Bail Bonds today. We offer innovative, compassionate, and affordable bail bond services at competitive rates. Call 909-990-5700 today!
Where Will You be Taken?
The answer to this question can vary depending on the nature of the crime you’ve been accused of and the jurisdiction in which you’ve been arrested. Generally speaking, however, after you’ve been handcuffed and placed in the police car, you’re likely to be taken to the local police station, holding facility, or jail. Once you’ve reached your destination, the booking procedures will begin.
What Happens During Booking?
- Searching and pat down. The arrested party will be searched and frisked for things like drugs, weapons, and similar items.
- Personal belongings gathered. Possessions such as wallet, phones, purses, keys, clothing, and other personal effects will be collected, cataloged, and held by the jail.
- Fingerprinting and mug shots. These are collected, recorded, and entered into a database for identification, reporting, and tracking purposes.
- Health screening. This may be completed to assess the detainees physical and/or emotional state of health upon entering the detention facility.
- DNA samples. Some jurisdictions require that DNA samples are taken of all arrestees and entered into a database for identification and future crime fighting purposes.
- Background check. This is completed for several reasons, however, it is very helpful in identifying any outstanding warrants and aiding the judge when determining the bail amount.
Just how long does this process take? Depending on factors such as the size of the jail, time of day, and staffing, booking procedures can take anywhere from one hour to more than 12 hours.
What about Bail?
If you are eligible for bail, your bail amount will be determined during the booking process. There are several methods used in order to set bail, and many factors go into making this determination. Sometimes it will be necessary to appear in front of a judge, and other times it may not. Regardless, once your bail is set, all the information gathered during your booking, including the bail amount, must be processed by the jail’s computer system before a bail bond can be completed.
After you’ve been booked into jail and the dust has settled, you may choose to call a bail bond agent to help you post bail. For this express purpose, some jails will provide a payphone and yellow pages containing contact info for bondsmen. We hope your first call will be to Future Bail Bonds. It would be our honor to serve you in your time of need, and you can rest assured that our top priority is getting you out of jail and back to your normal life.
Contact us at 909-990-5700 today to learn more. We look forward to speaking with you!